Dr.Leonard's carries a wide array of Blood Pressure Monitors with cuffs for either the arm and wrist. Monitoring blood pressure is one important way to keep track of our overall health, especially where the heart and circulation are concerned. Changes in blood pressure can signal a number of conditions, while steady readings can reassure that things are on track. In addition, some medical conditions require regular blood pressure monitoring for a more clear picture of your status.
What is Blood Pressure?
Blood Pressure Monitors (sphygmomanometers) measure the pressure exerted by circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels, veins and arteries. A person’s blood pressure can vary depending on situation, activity and disease. Blood pressure that is too low is called hypotension, and pressure that is consistently high is called hypertension. Long-term hypertension can have no obvious symptoms, yet is a serious risk factor for many diseases, including heart disease, kidney failure and stroke.
Blood pressure is measured with a system that records two numbers, listed like this: xxx/xxx. The first, or top, number is the higher of the two numbers, and measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts). The top number is called systolic. The bottom number, which is the lower of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats. The bottom number is called diastolic.
Measuring and Monitoring Blood Pressure
The American Heart Association recommends Normal systolic pressure of less than 120, and diastolic of less than 80. Pre-Hypertension is defined as 120-139 systolic or 80-89 diastolic. Stage 1 High Blood Pressure (pre-hypertension) is 140-159 systolic or 90-99 diastolic. Stage 2 High Blood Pressure (hypertension) is systolic of 160 or higher or diastolic of 100 or higher. A blood pressure reading of 180+ systolic or 110+ diastolic is a hypertensive crisis and requires immediate medical attention.
When choosing a sphygmomanometer for home use, choose an automatic, cuff-style, bicep (upper arm) or wrist monitor for accurate and consistent readings. Children and adults with smaller or larger than average-sized arms may need special-sized cuffs. Measure around your upper arm or wrist and choose a monitor that comes with the correct size cuff.
Blood Pressure Monitors at Dr. Leonard’s
Dr. Leonard’s offers a variety of blood pressure monitors designed to make the process easy and accurate for better health management. Our bicep blood pressure monitors and wrist blood pressure monitors include push-button controls and memory functions to track your blood pressure readings over time. Some of our blood pressure monitors can track readings for up to four persons, so you can share your blood pressure monitor among family members.
Why Shop Dr. Leonard’s for Blood Pressure Monitors?
At Dr. Leonard’s, we make shopping for blood pressure monitors easy and convenient. If you have any questions about how our blood pressure monitors work or which blood pressure monitor is right for you, our Customer Service Representatives are ready to help you find everything you need, via telephone, mail, fax, email or even online live chat. When you’re ready to order, use our catalog quick shop or search by the term “blood pressure monitor” to find products to meet your individual needs. Or shop from our Virtual Catalog to bring the catalog shopping experience to your computer. No matter how you prefer to shop Dr. Leonard’s, you can rest assured that your satisfaction is guaranteed. If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with a product, you may return it for a prompt refund